‘Chaotic’ local meat ordinances voided

‘NO MORE MESS’: Minister Without Portfolio Lo Ping-cheng said that the nation must have unified food safety standards so that producers can comply with the regulations

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 01, 2021
By: Lee Hsin-fang, Lo Chi and Kayleigh Madjar / Staff reporters, with staff writer

From left, Minister of Heath and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, Executive Yuan Secretary-General Li Meng-yen, Minister Without Portfolio Lo Ping-cheng and Council of Agriculture Deputy Minister Huang Chin-cheng attend a news conference at the Executive Yuan in Taipei yesterday on the importance of consistent food safety standards.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Local government ordinances banning meat products containing traces of ractopamine are nullified from today, while new rules are to be rejected, the Executive Yuan said yesterday, calling them unconstitutional and “chaotic.”

Since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Aug. 28 announced that the government would from today lift a ban on the importation of pork containing traces of ractopamine and beef from cattle more than 30 months old from the US, 17 local governments have passed autonomous ordinances requiring all pork to be certified as ractopamine-free.

The Executive Yuan decided to nullify the ordinances as they are illegal and implausible, Minister Without Portfolio Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成) told a news conference in Taipei.

The nation needs unified food safety standards so that producers can comply with the regulations, but the local ordinances state different standards, structures and penalties, Lo said.    [FULL  STORY]

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